UTAG, FUSSAG members refuse to call off strike
Posted on: 2013-Sep-03        
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Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) and Federation of University Senior Staff Association of Ghana (FUSSAG) have refused to call off their strike despite appeals for them to do so.

UTAG is aggrieved about book allowances while FUSSAG is also demanding better working conditions for its members.

Although Vice Chancellors Association of Ghana (VCG) have tried to talk UTAG members into going back to the lecture halls, they have been unsuccessful.

UTAG asked VCG to produce a written commitment that they will pay their allowance and also a roadmap on how their concerns would be addressed.

But UTAG President, Dr. Anthony Simmons, told Joy News response from the Vice Chancellors is not satisfactory, stressing that the strike will continue.

He told Joy News although the VCG has indicated they would partner with UTAG and government for the payment of the book allowance, that was not an explicit assurance.

"We don't see that to be commitment enough", Dr Simmons said.

Also FUSSAG insists its members will not return to work until government improves their working conditions.

The strikes by both Associations have threatened to disrupt the 2013-2014 academic calendar.

Secretary General of FUSSAG Jacob Emmanuel Eshun told Joy News although government has initiated steps to form a committee to address their grievances, they will not call off their strike until they see progress.